Leading to Choices is a leadership manual based on a conceptualization of leadership as horizontal, inclusive, and participatory. In this model, leadership is viewed as a process that leads to greater choices for all by fostering communication among individuals who learn from each other, create a shared vision, and reach a common goal forged by consensus. The handbook responds to the need for leaders who aspire to create egalitarian, democratic, and pluralistic societies based on collaborative decision-making, coalition-building, and gender equality. Leading to Choices is designed to be adapted and customized to suit the diverse cultural, political, and socio-economic needs of women and men around the world. Meant for use in interactive workshops, the handbook includes "Guidelines for Facilitating" that enable the user to create a stimulating environment that promotes mutual respect, dialogue, and collaboration.
ContextThe Shona edition of the manual is being used in Zimbabwe in refugee camps with participants from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Rwanda, the Sudan and other Sub-Saharan countries. Workshops are in particularly high demand in the Tongogara refugee camp. Working collaboratively in the Leading to Choices workshop setting, diverse groups of women are recognizing their leadership capabilities and empowering themselves to improve their quality of life.